A few months ago I spilled a glass of red wine on my white comforter and I just got around to Oxi-Cleaning it yesterday. This sort of thing would NEVER happen to Olivia Pope. And even if it did, you would never find out about it. IT’S HANDLED.

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You know how you go into some people’s houses and they’re like, “Oh do you mind taking off your shoes at the door?” Well at my house I’m like, “Oh my God please leave your shoes on your feet must be protected at all times because there is literally no telling what has made its home on the disgusting crevices of this floor.” 

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Yeah that actually happened. Why else do you think I got married?

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There is dog hair all over my life. We’re talking, everywhere. My once quarterly vacuuming has turned into an almost daily occurrence which is giving me severe anxiety and low back pains and oh guess what? THERE’S STILL HAIR EVERYWHERE. Listen I love my dog and all but sometimes when he is rubbing himself all over my brand new rug I think of what it would have be like to rescue a hairless cat instead of this floppy-eared bastard. 

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How often should I be cleaning my toilets? Like seriously, I’m not trying to be witty or entertaining here this is an actual question – how often do you clean your toilets? Weekly? Monthly? Is it acceptable to wait until grime starts to appear? And do bathtubs really need to be cleaned? Are they not self-cleaning? There’s so much confusion on this one. 

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Last night, Taylor and I collectively spent over an hour looking for a particular slow version of Cotton Eyed Joe. I’m just going to leave that one right there.

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Sorry to disappoint.

I feel like I’m at this weird place right now where half of me wishes I was still 19 and the other half of me just wishes I could start collecting social security already. I have a billion and one half-finished blog posts, but it’s like I can’t decide who I want to be. And it’s also like I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU PEOPLE WANT. Do you want pointless posts like this that remind you that you’re not the only one out there crippled by the responsibility of adulthood? Do you want me to start taking running seriously again? Do you want the one where I offer unsolicited marriage advice? Do you want the one where I talk about all the things still left on my bucket list? Or the one where I list my top favorite Friends moments in order of importance? 

I DON’T KNOW I JUST NEED A LITTLE DIRECTION.

PS on a completely unrelated note – I’m turning 25 next week. So yes, there’s a good chance I might be having a quarter-life crisis.

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • Once again, your blogging has made my morning a smidge (a lot) funnier.

    On shoes: I leave mine on EVERYWHERE except my parents’ household. I’ll even yell at them to take their shoes off in their own house because it makes me uncomfortable. Like they’re about to pick up and sprint away from me. No.

    On toilets: Let the grime do the talking.

    On blog posts: I’m in the same boat. I don’t want a blog that’s like all the rest, but at the same time, I want people to WANT to read it, ya digg?ReplyCancel

  • Kailynn

    I am turning 25 this weekend!! Yay for Geminis!? (the ? because Geminis are the best, but crazy).

    Firstly I love your blog!

    Secondly, my almost 25 year old brain is always zinging around the following thoughts:

    -I should be in the moment, enjoy this twentysomething unknowness

    -This sucks

    -How long do I have to be poor?!

    -I want to run away to live in the mountains

    -Should I move to Japan? Wait…what will happen to all my IKEA furniture if I move to Japan

    -What if I am poor forever!!!?

    -Well at least there is NeverSerious to read.

    I love your posts about your Daily Life, Marriage and general thoughts.ReplyCancel

  • I love all your posts, particularly your pointless ones. That’s because you are naturally very witty and funny and relatable. Also, the rest of your post ideas sound great – I’ll read them.

    P.S. I currently have a swiffer mop in my kitchen with a paper towel attached to it with a smushed spider on the bottom side. It’s been there a few weeks. I’m filthy. And terrified of bugs, even if it’s just the carcasses.ReplyCancel

  • I know this probably doesn’t help but I LOVE ALL YOUR POSTS. Anything you write about, we as your readers, love it.

    I love how you write – witty and realistic. I think we are all waiting on your wardrobe capsule post and I think anything you write will be accepted by us.

    Take it from someone who just turned 28 – you have accomplished more in your little finger than I have already: Super Mario brother husband, new house, pet, new job, etc. You rocked 24, you will rock 25. And honestly, I can’t wait to read all the posts about anything and everything you have to say.ReplyCancel

  • KC

    I have honestly enjoyed every one of your posts, but a post all things Friends would be great. :)ReplyCancel

  • Yay for turning 25! I just about had a panic attack when I turned 26 in March..I’m on the downward slope to 30! AH! And I don’t clean my toilets until A. they LOOK like they need to be cleaned or B. we have guests coming over. Is that bad??ReplyCancel

  • heather

    top favorite Friends moments in order of importance anddddd..go! haha all ur posts are awesome Nat keep um coming!!ReplyCancel

Happy Tuesday! (Or to those of you in Texas, happy 87th consecutive day of torrential downpour. Now seriously MAKE.IT.STOP.) I missed you terribly in my three day blogging absence and I can only assume the feeling is mutual. 

And you’re all like…k.

My wonderful 3 day weekend began when I woke up to Max the Demon Dog taking a giant shadoobie on my dining room floor. And then two hours later I once again had my inner animal-lover tested when I discovered that little bastard had peed in my office all over my brand new Ikea rug. All of this because apparently wet grass on his precious paws are not this dog’s forte.

So the  moral of this story is – Dog for sale.

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Friday was a pretty busy work day for me, but I managed to sneak out for a lunch date with Katie at The Mellow Mushroom, where we began the weekend on a very healthy note. 

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True story, I went to college with Katie, we live in the same city, and we’ve done two blog collaborations in the last twelve months, but I haven’t seen her in years. Lately she’s had to take a little break from her Etsy shop, which I gave her hell for because it’s like KATIE I HAVE A HOUSE FULL OF EMPTY WALLS I NEED YOU. But it was fun to catch up on college gossip and reminisce on the days when she was the strange girl sleeping on my floor. It was also fun when she pulled out a giant box with a pink bow on top and said oh PS I got you an early birthday present…

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Just a watercolor of my blog logo/the most thoughtful gift on the planet.
NO BIG DEAL.

I LOVE IT. I’m usually such a bitch, so I’m very easily moved by kind gestures and I just about cried. Now I just need one for every room of my house so Katie can you get on that please?

After the pizza and the strange crying, I hurried home where I performed the most epic one hour clean of our filthy house before welcoming our dinner guests. Two weekend dinner parties in a row means we’re basically professional entertainers now.

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Taylor grilled fajita meat. I made jalapeno poppers and queso. And we forced Morgan to make margaritas because when you come to our house for dinner, we put you to work.

PS if someone wants to buy us actual margarita glasses it would be much appreciated. But until then EVERY drink will be consumed from a stemless wine glass. With an umbrella straw, because we’re not animals.

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And after five hours of lively discussion featuring $1200 scooters and Bruce Jenner’s gender identity crisis, I sent them home. Because margaritas and intense conversation make me sleepy.

Saturday morning I woke up and headed straight to Winslow’s for a brunch date with these lovely young thangs.

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We sipped on killer cappuccinos and didn’t tip near enough for how long we lingered, but you can’t put a price on good, caffeine-induced conversation.

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I’m racking my brain to remember what happened for the rest of Saturday (because there’s a gap in my iPhone photos) and OH YEAH. We went to the lake. Some of Taylor’s friends decided to pretend it wasn’t raining so we spent the afternoon drinking beer and ignoring the phrase “tornado watch.” It’s fine we survived.

Sunday morning Emily decided to grace me with her presence and in exchange I cooked her breakfast and let her cuddle with my dog. She was very into it.

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I spent the rest of Sunday chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool reading and drinking coffee as one does when left at home alone all day.

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Monday morning I woke up at the buttcrack of dawn (because MAX, freakin Max) and whined about it until I was able to take a mid-morning nap. Once I’d awoken from that, Taylor was like “LISTEN if you’ll put on some makeup and tame that bird’s nest you’ve got going on I’ll take you to see Pitch Perfect 2.” Not his exact words but I can assure you I’ve known him long enough to know that is precisely what he meant.  

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So we saw Pitch Perfect 2 and generally speaking it was a big fat letdown. Which didn’t stop me from enjoying it, but still, disappointing. 

We got home just in time for another nap and another set of storms because YAY Texas in springtime. 

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Then I drank some wine and forced Taylor to take a photo with me in bed. Which he was pretty much asking for because you don’t grow a mustache like that if you don’t want to be featured topless on the internet. 

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And that’s all. Really – that’s all. Tell me about your weekendddddddddddddddddddddd. And your life in general. 

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • MAX! Stop doing that- we had a similar weekend over here. Our pup pulled a massive trick on us and didn’t wet through the night… And then the next night he was urinating about every 12 seconds. Damn you cute fur ball!ReplyCancel

  • AT least Max looks remorseful about his adventures peeing on your rug… my parents’ pup hates wet grass too… so he’s in good (bad) company. TWO DINNER PARTIES IN A ROW? The umbrella drink means you’re professionals. Also… that food… looks amazing. And how adorable is that print (and the frame)? YAY for friends… even weird ones who sleep on your floor!ReplyCancel

  • “because you don’t grow a mustache like that if you don’t want to be featured topless on the internet.” YES, THIS KILLED ME. His mustache is so Mario Brothers it’s not even funny.

    My weekend was filled with baby snuggles and Entourage and a sinus infection that even hurt the top part of my teeth. I am just now able to breathe out of my nose again and I didn’t get to hold the baby on Sunday because I didn’t want to get her sick. So I had really big highs and really low lows this weekend.

    But I laid in bed all day yesterday and caught up on Game of Thrones so I guess you could say that I am really winning at life.ReplyCancel

  • I still think of Super Mario Brothers every time you post a picture of Taylor’s face.

    I spent the weekend snuggling a one month old baby and then feeling like all of my teeth on the top part of my mouth were going to fall out: sinus infection.

    I laid in bed all day yesterday and caught up on Game of Thrones so I guess you could say I spent my weekend doing everything I love, you know except for sneezing. That I do not love.ReplyCancel

  • Way to make me sound like a TOTAL creep and/or homeless! Suuure…leave out the fact that you were sleeping on the floor at the time, too! You and Alli didn’t have your bed’s on frames during the sleepover days.

    Other than that…all of that was sweet.ReplyCancel

  • I feel like I’m constantly doing the mad scramble to catch my cat before he pukes on the rug. And why is it that animals always have to make the mess on the rugs instead of the nice easy to clean wood floors?
    GIMME THAT MARG!ReplyCancel

  • Hahahahaha “You don’t grow a mustache like that if you don’t want to be featured topless on the internet.” And umm hi it’s almost your birthday, when is the party? When/how shall we celebrate?ReplyCancel

  • can i just say a few things?

    i’m thankful you felt this way about PP2. i enjoyed it, but i don’t want there to be a third and have decided i WILL NOT see it if there is because there’s no way it’ll be anything worth seeing. the new chick just didn’t add anything to the program for me.

    also, the watercolor. LOVE.

    also, your birthday. WHY AM I SO FAR AWAY?

    also, so glad you didn’t drown this weekend.ReplyCancel

The Jist: Come one, come all. Confess your sins, your quirks, and your embarrassing anecdotes in a safe, judgment-free zone. I’M KIDDING. You will most definitely be judged. But in a sweet, loving, comical way. You’ll like it. 

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I have a few things to discuss today, and all of them are of equal unimportance. So we might as well just dive right in.

Kale is not delicious.

You’re all wrong. All of you. Kale is gross, it’s just gross. I mean, I’ll eat it if you force me to. Or if you dunk it in a bowl of zuppa toscana and serve it with breadsticks. But really, it’s just not good.

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Sometimes I text Taylor pictures of Max while he’s in the bathroom.

In my defense, he is in the bathroom about 80% of the time. (We’re talking about Taylor now, not Max. The whole world is Max’s bathroom. Must be nice.) But really I do it out of the kindness of my heart because I’d just hate for him to miss action like this.

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I’m pretty sure I’m not cool enough to work at a coffee shop.

And it turns out I’m right. Because apparently bringing a bag of M&Ms in to enjoy alongside your bagel and latte is frowned upon. Or something.

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I spent most of last night reading every Vanity Fair article ever written about Kate Middleton. 

Including this one, this one, this one, this one, and this one.  And once again, I’m left totally convinced that the woman has NO FLAWS.

That’s enough Kate, that’s enough.

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When I wasn’t busy stalking the Duchess, I was perusing the internet for dairy-free cupcake recipes (for my lactose intolerant BFF) and it was just very discouraging.

Like, there’s no butter? Not even a little bit? Why. Just why. It’s like there’s nothing left to live for.

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Working from home has presented one major challenge.

And that’s the challenge of resisting drinking coffee all.day.long. My latte maker is mere FEET away from where the productivity happens. Someone please gently remind me that normal human beings do not require 13 lattes in order to function. And if gentle doesn’t do it, feel free to slap my hand. Just slap it.

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My birthday is just a WEEK AND A HALF AWAY PEOPLE.

And the only confession I’m making here is that I can’t stop thinking about it. 

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Preach.

I love you all ever so dearly, so now it’s your turn to spill secrets. Preferably of the dirty variety, but clean will work too.

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • Kale is NOT good. No, no, no, no. It’s like… chewing that fake rubber mulch stuff, except that stuff probably wouldn’t get stuck in your teeth.

    Another confession: neither are beets.

    And the two mixed together would create the most disgusting smoothie ever.

    Forgive me for that disgusting phantom taste in your mouth now.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      YES THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING ME.ReplyCancel

  • Kate is most definitely perfect. I just can’t even. And when she appeared outside with her second baby a mere like two seconds after giving birth – mind = blown.

    Agreed on Kale…sick nasty.

    And oh my goodness, I WANT TO DOG SIT MAX BRING HIM TO ME RIGHT NOW!!!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      NO I KNOW. Pretty sure she’s a robot.

      I was cursing his name as he dropped a dozen deuces for me to pick up on our walk this morning, so you can have him! ;)ReplyCancel

      • Bahahahaha. That’s the worst. Truckee likes to hold hers in for instances when I DON’T have a bag bc I swear she’s already pooped and she pops a squat in a neighbor’s yard, usually when they’re outside doing yard work so there’s on running away and acting like it’s not ours!ReplyCancel

  • There is nothing that could be better than Kate… One of the saddest days of my life was when I rocked a KM up do to a wedding… And for some reason didn’t look like the spitting image of her.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hahahaha – WHAT. You mean you didn’t turn into her twin?! Devastating.ReplyCancel

  • Okay wait. COOKED kale is gross. But I think you might like a chopped kale salad. I hated kale for the longest time, until I learned that it’s just really sucky when you cook it. In a salad with blueberries, bleu cheese, dried cranberries, some nuts, chopped red onion and a raspberry vinaigrette? Deeeeelish. And also OMG IT’S ALMOST YOUR BIRTHDAY WE HAVE TO CELEBRATE.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Nooooooooooooooo raw kale is so BITTERRR. Pass. Hard pass. Even when I put it in my smoothie I feel like the taste is just BITING. #spinachalltheway #orguacamolecuzitsgreentooReplyCancel

  • I don’t mind kale, but I’ve learned in the last week that I have strong negative feelings for swiss chard and chia seeds (not together, although that would be doubly gross).ReplyCancel

  • Totally with you on Kate Middleton. But… who is judgey-mcjudgerson over M&Ms and bagels? I do not agree with their assessment. I plan to file a grievance.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Haha – I guess people who don’t think that carbs on chocolate on coffee make up a very balanced breakfast! Who even are these people.ReplyCancel

  • YES! My birthday is Sunday and I’m so excited. happy Birthday month! Also, Kale is disgusting and coffee & cupcakes are amazing – if Kale tasted like cupcakes, I’m convinced I would look like a supermodel. OH well.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I’m actually a June birthday (June 2), but thank you! Happy birthday month to YOU! And right?! Why can’t they just make kale taste like fruit roll ups and then we’d all be happier and healthier?ReplyCancel

  • […] “Aaaaaas iiiiiiif.”) Anyway, I asked her if she would let me try my hand at some of her much beloved humpday confessions, in her honor. Lucky for you guys she said […]ReplyCancel

  • Confession: I ate a family sized bag of peanut m&ms the other day and Travis came home before I could dispose of the evidence. I panicked and sat on the empty bag but he called me out immediately for looking guilty. That’s way more judgement worthy than bringing them into a coffee shop.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. This. Just this.ReplyCancel

  • I agree with you on the kale front! I just keep buying it and trying to like it and I CAN’T. Also I strongly support your coffee habit, as I have the same problem working from home, except I make a pot in the morning and then just drink cold coffee all day long… I perhaps need more help than you..ReplyCancel

  • Ahahahaha! I just found your blog and it makes me so happy. Kale tastes like straight up rabbit food, as does raw Swiss chard. Can’t do it won’t do it.ReplyCancel

Happy Tuesday! I promise I’ve got actual content coming up in the near future, but for now I’m putting all of my energy into this new job and new routine. So today we’re half-assing it with a post of all the things I’m currently doing. Enjoy/please don’t leave me.

Reading…

Word of Mouth Marketing (for work) and Nourished, because I never got around to finishing it.

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Listening to…

Head and the Heart. On repeat. Also Max snoring.

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Watching…

Parks and Rec. ALWAYS Parks and Rec. Particularly, this episode.   

 

 

  

Saying….

“Don’t you dare puke on my rug.” To Max, not Taylor. Usually.

Eating…

Roasted sweet potatoes! Oh my crap you guys – they’re so good. A little olive oil, a drizzle of honey, a quick sprinkle of cinnamon, and get.in.my.mouth.

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Drinking…

A smoothie AND a latte. I know it’s a strange combination but I’m just trying to give the caffeine something to cling to and fruits and veggies seemed like a good enough idea. 

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Needing…

Probably a haircut. And a seventh second latte. (PS I whipped up some more of my homemade vanilla coffee syrup last night. Have you tried it yet? You should. Because it’s stupid easy.)

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Wearing…

Capsule wardrobe! Today that means white denim, my trusty Gap Chambray, and my favorite Target sandals. And probably a little bit of dog hair if we’re being TOTALLY honest here. (PS PLEASE don’t judge the state of my closet. Or the condition of my mirror. Just generally – don’t judge.) 

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And my nails are wearing Sally Hansen’s Grey Area, if you find that to be of interest.  

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Planning…

The annual best friend’s trip! Okay, so I’m not technically planning yet. But I’m planning on planning. And that’s got to count for something. After mulling it over, I think we’ve landed on Vancouver for the destination. And now the fun part of planning begins! 

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Making…

MORE house to-do lists. (Did you SEE my closet?!) We’ve been at a bit of a standstill lately, mostly due to pure laziness. But also due to a pure lack of funds following the honeymoon. My “office” is still essentially just an empty room with a desk pushed against a wall, and our sitting room has quickly morphed into Max’s mud room. PLEASE SEND HELP.

Enjoying…

This new job. And this new working from home thing. Ooops sorry to be a bragger!

What are you currently doing/wearing/drinking/eating/making/smoking/enjoying?

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • Ah I would love to work at home! I think it would be so much more relaxing – and no commute so thats a win win! I need to invest in a chambray shirt… I feel like I’m living under a rock for not having one… And double fisting smoothies and lattes… totally acceptable… right?!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I mean that’s what I keep telling myself! ;) #imlikesohealthyReplyCancel

  • I could never leave you. Your April dog poop has me hooked.

    I’m glad you decided Vancouver – that was going to be my vote! Because MY opinion on YOUR best friend trip matters the most.

    Currently wearing my faveeee bird necklace (because I only can when I wear green, and that’s rare – FUN FACT).

    Currently excited about ALSO leaving a job for a new adventure!ReplyCancel

  • I’ve never heard of that book Nourished but it sounds interesting. You’ll have to let me know what you think. I love THATH and Parks & Rec. Two of my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • I’m currently wearing a towel on my head because I just washed my hair…
    I’m about to finish season 4 of Parks & Rec. I never watched the show, but we’ve been binge watching on Netflix for the last few weeks and love it.
    I’m very proud of you for getting dressed every day. I worked from home for 2 months and usually didn’t change out of yoga pants :)ReplyCancel

  • I love your chambray, and your smoothie looks really healthy and good. What did you put in it and how can I make it? I’m currently reading: your blog, drinking: water (wish it were wine….later, self, later), reading: Undertow (Michael Buckley – so good)….and that’s all I’ve got.ReplyCancel

  • The new Head and the Heart album is so good! I just listened to it this weekend for the first time and really enjoyed it.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Yessss! It’s been an awesome accompaniment to working at home and needing quiet but not too too quiet.ReplyCancel

I read something this weekend about the #1 mistake lifestyle bloggers make that keeps them from growing. Do you want to know what it was? 

Writing about their lives.

I snorted my wine and laughed out loud because…duh. But this past weekend might be the best I’ve had in 2015. Hold on, let me check. *Racks brain. Digs through weekend recap archives.* No, yeah. Best weekend yet. And what the hell do you expect me to do? Just keep that sort of thing to myself?

Not. a. chance. 

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Friday was my last day of work. Funny thing about leaving a job – those last two weeks seem to last an eternity. But they finally came to an end, and I was able to say  my goodbyes and even sneak out the office early to meet up with this little traveler

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Somehow all of the stars aligned and I was able to host a girl’s night with some of my favorite people that evening. My sweet friend Amanda and her angel baby child, Chapel, were able to make it in from out of town. I haven’t seen Chapel since she was just a newborn and did you know that babies GROW? Like, fast, too. She completely stole everyone’s attention and at first I was furious because hello Chaps – it’s my party. But then I remembered that THIS is her face and everything was forgiven for now and all of eternity. 

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We traded children for the evening and overall Max was thrilled and just really wanted to lick Amanda’s face.

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Before you even say it – YES. I am completely aware of how stunning all of the women in my life are. I try to remind them to dress down and lose the perfect hair out of politeness to the rest of us, but they don’t listen well. 

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For the girls, there was “sangria” (AKA two different types of cheap white wine with strawberries, kiwi, and an umbrella straw), hummus and veggies, cheese and crackers, fruit, chips and salsa, and party meatballs. 

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For Chapel there was milk.

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And for Max there was a bone. 

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And speaking of Max, he did very well with Chapel! He sniffed her face and licked her toes and then was like HEY MOM REMEMBER ME I’M IMPORTANT TOO. Needy little bastard.

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Later on that evening, Allison and I were on Chapel duty while Amanda took a shower. I’m happy to report that we neither dropped her nor lost her. We did, however, take embarrassing naked baby pictures to be shown at her graduation. 

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By the grace of God himself, I was somehow able to stay up until almost 1am chatting with those sweet ladies, until we all finally crashed for the evening. 

Saturday  morning, I woke up and whipped up a little breakfast for the few friends that had stayed the night. 

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Taylor got off work just in time for breakfast that morning, and then he and Max crashed while the girls got ready for the day.

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Amanda, Jacklyn, and I decided to do a little shopping for the day, and our first stop was Simple Things Furniture. I’ve driven by this showroom about a million times, and I’ve always wanted to stop in, so Saturday we finally did. 

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The ENTIRE place was like Anthropologie on steroids and I basically walked through the whole store with my jaw dragging on the floor.

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Nearly everything was out of my budget, but we had a blast exploring and oogling all of the pretty things. Chapel was totally unfazed because apparently she’s not at all intimidated by $6,000 rugs. 

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After a quick stop at World Market, we decided to stop and grab Thai food for lunch. I promise I’m not slowly becoming Asian I just get very squinty when I’m happy. And babies + Thai food makes me VERY happy.

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I ordered the pineapple fried rice which was fantastic and never-ending. 

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And Jacklyn ordered something way healthier and prettier.

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And Chapel was like whatever, I’m tired.

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After lunch, both girls headed home, and I headed straight to the couch for a snack and a nap.

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Saturday evening, Taylor and I were invited to dinner at our friends Ryan and Melissa’s house where we OD’d on cuteness. 

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And Taylor got a reality check about how big is TOO big for a Minnie Mouse car.

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Now, on a not so pleasant note, there seems to be a little stomach virus making its way through the Z house. I was up most of Saturday night and Sunday morning feeling awful, but when my appetite finally came back later that day, Taylor (who may have been replaced by a Stepford husband robot at some point in the weekend) had made me bacon and french toast. 

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We lounged around for most of the day Sunday, did a few chores, and then later on that evening Taylor tested out the new grill. I just about fainted because he cooked for me twice in one day and in the six years we have been together that has NEVER happened. But I’m not complaining.

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I whipped up some roasted broccoli and delicious sweet potatoes and we ate what I believe may have been the (unintentionally) healthiest dinner we’ve had all year. 

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And today is the very first day of my new job! The new office is all setup and ready to go. And you’ll be happy to know that I’ve got makeup on and I’m even wearing clothes that aren’t yoga pants. Wish me lots of luck!

How was everyone else’s weekend?! Highlights? Did anyone else spend their Sunday morning puking their guts up? No? Just me? K. 

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • Happy last-day-of-work/new-day-of-work! That’s exciting!! Pants are always optional though… don’t forget that. Well….. at least at your new job. I can’t decide who is cuter – Chapel or Max… but Max needing your attention was pretty adorable. Sweet pup. He’s a mess. Antro on steroids…. yeah, that just sounds dangerous. Way, way, way dangerous.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Oh I know, thank goodness I could in literally no way afford anything in there!ReplyCancel

  • Such a fun weekend!! All of the best things in life rolled into 48 hours : ) . I had a great weekend, spent my Sunday morning a little green, but then recovered at the beach with a smoothie.. followed by a veggie burger and pizza… all in moderation yeah? Hope you have a great week!!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Ummmmmmmm pizza sounds amazing right now gimme gimme gimme.ReplyCancel

  • Ah, SO fun! Simple Things Furniture looks like a dream! I can’t believe that the #1 mistake lifestyle bloggers make is writing about their lives. that’s why I follow lifestyle bloggers!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I mean…that post had me a little ragey, not going to lie. I could probably do an entire post in responsive rant, but I should probably refrain. I know that lifestyle bloggers are supposed to be all about building readership and SEO and “pinnable” images and perfect Instagrams but COME ON. It all gets pretty repetitive after a while.ReplyCancel

  • Good luck on your new job! Wearing pants on the first day even inside your own house… That is commitment!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hahaha, you are too easily impressed!ReplyCancel

  • Hahaha writing about your life is a bad thing. Le sigh.

    I think when a man gets a grill, it’s like he magically morphs into a NEW man. An even better man. A man’s man. Mainly because he somehow learns to cook delicious things that he “somehow” has never known how to before. Interesting.

    Your life is too cute, and I want Max and Truckee to be besties.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Oh man, don’t even get me STARTED on that.

      Haha, I’m loving this change!

      ME TOOOOO.ReplyCancel

  • This weekend of yours looks fantastic (except the sickness part, I’m glad you’re feeling better) and I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR NEW JOB YAY NATALIE YAY!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU COME OVER AND PLAY WITH ME.ReplyCancel

  • What!? I would never read a blog that wasn’t about someone’s real life! This weekend sounds awesome. I wish I had some friends with babies in my life!

    x. MorganReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Haha, I mean, to each their own I suppose! I follow lots of different blogs that fit into lots of different “categories” and what I love about them is their diversity! Blog about what YOU wanna blog about is my sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • Blogging rose to fame because of people sharing their personal lives and with it suddenly becoming so professional and everything needing to be a tutorial there’s been a lot of blog posts about wanting people more real and a kick back to how it used to be. If somebody enjoys writing about their life, I am always happy to read it because it’s more real than 10 blog tips I’ve read 8 million times before.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      YESSSSSS. I definitely value the different blogging niches and topics, but explicitly telling lifestyle bloggers not to blog about their lives and to stick to topics that are general (and often boring and redundant) and more pin-able is just a total crock. In my oh so humble lifestyle blogger opinion of course. ;)ReplyCancel